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Former Finance Director of major supplier of potatoes to Sainsbury's convicted of corruption


Andrew Behagg, former Greenvale Finance Director, was today (15 May) found guilty of corruption at Croydon Crown Court.

Sue Patten, Head of the CPS Central Fraud Division, said: "This was corruption on a massive scale. The prosecution's case was that as a result of this corruption, Greenvale was able to keep lucrative business for the supply of potatoes to Sainsbury's, valued at £40 million per year, at the same time as overcharging them.

"Potato buyer John Maylam was showered with excessive gifts and hospitality including stays at Claridges, costing a total of £200,000 and a luxury 12-day excursion to the Monaco Grand Prix in 2007, at a cost to Greenvale of around £350,000. Maylam also received lump sum payments, via an account in Luxembourg, to the tune of £1.5 million, supposedly for the storage of potatoes in Spain and other bogus activities.

"In return for these criminal payments, Greenvale employees David Baxter and Andrew Behagg were able to collude with Maylam in overcharging Sainsbury's to the tune of £8.7million.

"Today's message is clear: there is no place for corruption in British business. It attacks fair competitive practices and undermines our international reputation. This case demonstrates a clear distinction between reasonable business hospitality and that which is criminally corrupt."


Background Information:

  • David Baxter was the accounts manager at Greenvale and pleaded guilty to corruption and money laundering on 24 June 2011.
  • John Maylam, the Sainsbury's potato buyer, pleaded guilty to corruption and money laundering on 2 September 2011.
  • Greenvale supplied approximately 45 per cent of Sainsbury's potatoes in 2008 at a cost in the region of £40 million per year.
  • Greenvale, on discovering the corrupt practice, reported the matter which has led to this conviction.
  • All three are expected to be sentenced on 22 June.